Update on the Gerrard and Carlaw 'Transit-Oriented Community'

Update: I've launched a petition calling on the provincial government and developer to include affordable housing for this project. Sign it here.

A 'Transit-Oriented Community' (TOC) is a business arrangement between Infrastructure Ontario and a private developer to increase density around future transit stations. Such an arrangement has been proposed for Gerrard-Carlaw North, around the future Gerrard Station on the Ontario Line.

I have been pressing Infrastructure Ontario and ChoiceREIT, the developer for this project, to add affordable housing and public realm improvements into the plan.

yellow rectangle with black font that reads "Councillor Paula Fletcher Ward 14 Toronto-Danforth" and a small, black City of Toronto logo underneath the text

These would normally be dealt with through the city's planning process, but the province's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing has the final approval over TOC projects and any agreements the city is able to secure are also subject to concurrence of the Province.

Many of you also shared your concerns with road safety, increased traffic and increased pressure on Matty Eckler Recreation Centre and playground at recent public consultation sessions.

The city has released a report that will be reviewed at an upcoming meeting of the Toronto and East York Community Council. It provides an update on the program and includes preliminary planning comments, outstanding issues, opportunities to secure city priorities and a summary of feedback received by the City and Infrastructure Ontario through the public engagement process.

You can read the report here.

I am disappointed that no commitment to include affordable housing has been made. I will be pushing the Province and ChoiceREIT to include this. If you wish to add your voice to this you can go to the item and click 'Submit Comments.'

Learn more about transit projects and issues here.


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